In memory of
Deaconess Harriet Ann Watson
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In memory of
Deaconess Harriet Ann Watson
Deaconess Harriet Ann Watson SARATOGA SPRINGS - Deaconess Harriet Ann Watson, age eighty-nine, of Saratoga Springs, New York followed her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ straight into glory on February 13, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 14, 1927 in Buckingham County, Virginia to the late Samuel Lyle and Harriet Mosely Lyle of Farmville, Virginia. Harriet graduated from Morton High School in Farmville, Virginia. She then moved to Passaic, New Jersey where she was a factory worker for several years. She later met her future husband, Alvin Augustus Watson, while getting her hair done at his mother’s beauty salon. After a short courtship, they married in 1950 and moved to Saratoga Springs, New York when Mr. Watson began working for General Electric. Soon after moving to Saratoga Springs, they bought their first home, which became the Watson Inn, a bed and breakfast. They had two children, and bought what would be the family’s main home at 17 Franklin Street in Saratoga Springs. They bought additional properties in Saratoga Springs and Schenectady, New York. Deaconess Watson worked at Coleco and was a home attendant for Adirondack Home Health Aides, where she enjoyed taking care of others as part of her Missionary work. She was also a domestic worker for many years and managed the Watson Inn while raising their children. While living in Saratoga Springs, she attended Universal Baptist Church for over 50 years, where she served as a Deaconess, and Chair of the Trustee Board. The loves of Deaconess Watson’s life were her church, her family, and reading the Bible. She also enjoyed fishing, tending to her plants, her garden and her yard. Deaconess Watson loved fashion, she had an extensive collection of clothes, shoes and hats. She always wore her jewelry, even while cleaning the house. Deaconess Watson loved holiday celebrations, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, because she loved gathering with family. She insisted on doing all of the cooking for these celebrations, and was a great cook and baker. She loved children, and called them all “Sweetie” because she couldn’t remember their names. She had a loving, giving personality, always looking out for the needs of others, including taking in families who couldn’t afford to pay rent. Those who knew Deaconess Watson well, loved to hear her laugh. Deaconess Watson was predeceased by her loving husband, the late Alvin Augustus Watson. She was also predeceased by her parents, Samuel Lyle and Harriet Mosely Lyle. and her brothers, Joseph (Frankie Bee) Lyle, and Anthony (Ana Belle) Lyle. Deaconess Watson is survived by her children, Dolores Watson, Alvin Augustus (Karen) Watson III, Yama (Eric) Phillips, grandchildren, Alvin August (Jami) Watson IV, Indra Watson, Akai Watson (Ricklyn Casey), Sherika Phillips, Mensah Watson, great-grandchild Isaiah Watson, sister, Christine Moaton of Colonie, New York. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, Beverly (Willie Jr.) Johnson, Ophelia Davis, Daniel Moaton, Rosemarie Lyle, and Rodney Lyle, and a host of Godchildren, cousins, extended family and friends from North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia and New York. Funeral services will be held at Universal Baptist Church, 25 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, New York. Viewing will take place from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, immediately followed by a service at 11:00 AM. A small repast will be held at her home, 15 Franklin Street, Saratoga Springs, New York for the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances can be made at
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